Top Fuel legend Chris Karamesines, granddaughter to race together for 1st time in same event

(Photo courtesy NHRA)

Chris Karamesines has been making drag racing history for more than 65 years – and he’ll continue to do so this weekend at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

The 84-year-old Chicago native – nicknamed “The Golden Greek” or, just simply, “The Greek” – will once again take his Top Fuel dragster out for a few rides of 300-mph plus.

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What makes this weekend all the more special for Karamesines is his 22-year-old granddaughter, Krista Baldwin, will also be competing in the event in the Top Alcohol Dragster class.

Chris Karamesines, right, and granddaughter Krista Baldwin, who will compete in the same NHRA national event for the first time this weekend in Charlotte, N.C.
Chris Karamesines, right, and granddaughter Krista Baldwin, will compete together for the first time in the same NHRA national event this weekend in suburban Charlotte, N.C. (Photo courtesy

It will be Baldwin’s second national event this season in the Nitro University/McLeod Racing Dragster owned by Anthony Dicero. She also appeared in the season-opening Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, California, qualifying a strong seventh (5.26 seconds, 274 mph) to make the elimination field.

Baldwin is the daughter of Karamesines’ son-in-law, former Top Fuel drag racer Bobby Baldwin, who passed away in 2001.

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